HERE IS PART TWO OF THE BEST OF 2008 (JULY-DEC)
And some here are also definite candidates for the Best Event of 2008.
LIVE (OFF) THE LEVEE--ANTHONY HAMILTON CONCERT at SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK July 5
This was the first of this concert series where the event had to be moved from the Archgrounds to the Jefferson Memorial area due to the flooding issue in the downtown STL area.
Around 5 ish PM, folk were waitin to get in the Park for the concert. They let the folk start comin in around 5:30 p.m.
The opening act was Jefferson City's Gloria Brand whose hour set comprised of many R&B faves including the opening song, Aretha Franklin's "Spirit in the Dark."
Headliner Anthony Hamilton had a spirited performance.
He sang his hits including his last major hit, "Can't Let Go." A few minutes later, he gave a PSA about watching young children and the adults that are around them. "A child can see what you can't see. So, no Santa Claus on the lap, Pappa Claus, or Uncle Claus. Protect them."
They also had a big screen while the concert was going on. A few thousand were watching the concert from it.
We estimate it had to have been AT LEAST 50, 000 folk there. The additional 30,000 we are sure came from the African Methodist Episcopal church Convention that was goin on downtown.
17th Annual MISSOURI BLACK EXPO at AMERICA's CENTER August 23
The annual event brought out the STL for a weekend of panel discussions, health screenings, shopping and national celebrities.
One of the panel discussions was sponsored by the Gear Up Leadership Program which encourages youth in developing their leadership skills,. Some of the panelists included ST. Louis comedian Joe Torry, singer Nikko Smith and hip-hop DJ Spinderella to name a few.
Singer Will Downing also was interviewed about his ongoing battle with the muscle disease Polymyositis.
Book panelists from the Literary Corner . They also participated in the Hue Man Bookstore book signing for fans.
Panelists included Good Times stars Ralph Carter and Bern Nadette Stanis. Stanis talked about her book, "Situations 101." She as well as Carter also said they will work on a project about their experiences on TV and the groundbreaking show "Good Times."Others book panelists included Downing, former Miss America Kenya Moore and Taj of SWV.
Former Miss USA/actress Kenya Moore spoke about her book, Game, Get Some!
The award winning Matiff Dance Company turned it out as well as The Aalim West Indian Dance team.
FACE OFF Fashion Show was also a highlight that evening which had fashions for lil ones and fashion line EYEKON
Majic 104.9's 30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY at THE STARLIGHT ROOM--Sept 6
Hundreds among hundreds came out to celebrate the born day of Majic 104.9 ('nee Majic 108).
Tony Scott Show perosnalities Tammie Holland and Scott ham it up on stage.
Singer Noel Gourdin who performed at the event posed with his #1 fan, Montina Mullen
Headliner Eric Benet got the ladies in a frenzy. He performed hits such as “Femininity,” “Spend My Life with you” and his latest, “You’re the Only One.”
Various rooms at the Starlight Room were ready for the party people to celebrate.
BJ the DJ got out of his tux jacket to cut loose on the mike and the 1s and 2s.
INUAGURAL 95.5 FOXY FEST at FOREST PARK Sept. 13
Despite the forecasting rain and overcast (and subsequent clearing) folk were "all crowded up" at to Langenberg Field in Forest Park for the concert, a first for the station.
The opening acts were part of Cafe Soul.
Its host Coco Soul joined 2007 McDonalds Soul Search Winner Justin Hoskins who performed including his cover of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it up."Other acts included Elements of Soul, Shameika Copeland and Lamar Harris and the L
Current McDonalds R&B/Soul Search winner Kristin Stimage performed a cover of Fugees "Killing Me Softly" among others.
Headliners were lead singers of the Bar-kays and Dazz band in Round Robin with the house band
Larry Alexander of the Bar Kays had teh funk goin with such classic hits as "Shake your Rump to the Funk" and bedroom ballads, 'Anticipation."
Dazz band leader Sennie "Skip" Martin kept it going with hits, "All the Way Live," and their biggest jam, "Let it Whip."
THE STL HOSTED THE HISTORICAL VP-DEBATES WITH DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE JOE BIDEN AND REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE SARAH PALIN HELD AT WASH U OCT.2, 2008
STL FASHION WEEK presents FLOW at 13 and 14th and WASHINGTON AVE. in DOWNTOWN STL Oct 11
Monopoly Promotions Mocha Latte hosted this inaugural event during Alive Magazine’s Fall fashion Week. It premiered St. Lunatics’ Kyjuan and Murphy lee’s clothing line U C Me and Nelly’s Apple Bottom’s/Red Label at the show.
Some of the urban fashions
Host Latte with James Ferrell,. vice president of marketing of Apple Bottoms
MAXWELL performed at the FOX Oct 15
OBAMA CAME TO THE STL UNDER THE GATEWAY ARCH FOR A FREE RALLY SATURDAY, OCT 25, 2008 WHERE 100,000 ATTENDED!
SOME OF THE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES THAT WERE ON POINT AT EXO AND LUSH--OCT. 31
FREE TIME's Roy Robinsion as Cafefighter Kimbo Slice
Socialite Abdul Abdullah as an Obama Campaign Sign.
Socialite Cora Drew as Jospehine Baker.
OUT ON THE TOWN--ELECTION WATCH PARTIES at the Jazz Loft and Exo Nov. 4, 2008
The first election watch party we attended was the one hosted by Clear Channel at the Jazz Loft on Olive. Pictured were some of the personalities Tony Scott, Tammie Holland and Darrel Eason chillin in a VIP booth.
At Exo, socialite Lagina posed with the Man of the Night.
Tee enterprisers Carl B Mitchell and Alexander Green got their message across before the results came in.
FOLK WATCHING THE RESULTS
After the news crowned Obama President Elect, Grammy Award winning ATL rapper Ludacris walked in the building! On Obama winning, Luda said to the crowd, “We made history yawl. We got a black man in office.”
Luda told the crowd he was there to preview songs from his upcoming CD “Theatre of the Mind” that was dropping on Thanksgiving Day.
Ludacris said that his new CD is like a movie with different guest stars like one tune, “Everybody Hates Chris” with comedian Chris Rock.Luda left the DJ booth to party with the crowd. He also made a few ladies nite when they were gave him lap dances in chairs.
EXCLUSIVE)RED CARPET PREMIERE of SEVEN POUNDS at AMC CREVE COUER 12--Nov. 19.2008
St. Louis was one of the many stops in the country for on Oscar nominated actor/rapper Will Smith's Red Carpet Premiere for his upcoming film "Seven Pounds"( which opens Dec. 19) at teh AMC Creve Couer 12.
Those who walkd the Red Carpet were Wizard of Oz star and St. Louis native Mickey Carroll, St. Louis Urban League prez Jim Buford, Rams playes Chris Long and Chris Draft and singer Nikko Smith.
Big Willy arrived in style greeting the crowd and signing autographs as soon as set foot to the event.
Will Smith presented The St. Louis Area Food Bank and Urban League a check for 300 turkeys for the holidays.
The screams from fans for Will Smith were ear shattering!
Smith was very generous with the fans, taking pics with them as well as for them with their digital cams.